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Five finalists named for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Baylor's Bryce Petty has passed for 20 touchdowns this season with three interceptions.
Baylor's Bryce Petty has passed for 20 touchdowns this season with three interceptions. (Tom Pennington, Getty Images)

The field of candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is now down to five.

The winner of the Golden Arm Award -- given to the top college quarterback among seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate -- will be announced Dec. 8, with the award presented Dec. 12 in Baltimore.

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The finalists, as announced Monday:

Brett Hundley (UCLA) – After 10 weeks of play, Hundley has completed 191 of 269 passes for 2,245 yards and 15 touchdowns with four interceptions.

Cody Kessler (Southern Cal) – After 10 weeks of play, Kessler has completed 207 of 297 passes for 2,548 yards and 25 touchdowns with two interceptions.

Marcus Mariota (Oregon) – After 10 weeks of play, Mariota has completed 169 of 248 passes for 2,541 yards and 26 touchdowns with two interceptions.

Bryce Petty (Baylor) – After 10 weeks of play, Petty has completed 132 of 241 passes for 2,034 yards and 20 touchdowns with three interceptions.

Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) – After 10 weeks of play, Prescott has completed 131 of 215 passes for 2,016 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities. Past Golden Arm Award winners include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011).

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